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Directions to Tory Bush Cottages from Dublin
From Dublin follow N1Motorway north to Dundalk and continue on the same motorway when it becomes the A1as it enters Northern Ireland and continue on to Newry
The best way through Newry avoiding the City centre is to not take the first turn off for Newry, the junction with the A2, but to drive on and come off at the next slip road, the Junction with the A25 and A27. At this slip-road drive down off the motorway, keep to the right of slip road and go round the roundabout under the motorway to the 3rd turn-off following the signs for Downpatrick and Newcastle and on to the A27. Drive down a short distance to another roundabout, known locally as the ‘Five-ways’, recognisable with a MacDonald’s on the roundabout and a B and Q store. Drive round the roundabout past Macdonald’s and the B and Q along the A28, the Armagh Road and later Canal Street, towards Newry city centre. The end of this road becomes one-way and you are directed left and over a bridge towards Newry Court House.
At the Court House there are two adjacent mini-roundabouts, at the first roundabout turn right and at the second mini-roundabout turn left onto B8 following signs for Newcastle, on
your right as you make this turn should be a restaurant called the Brass Monkey. Drive up a sweeping a left and then right hand bend out of Newry on the Rathfriland Road, about a mile out you come to a mini-roundabout, drive straight on, not turning left as some traffic may do so.
Drive about 10 mile to village of Hilltown passing through the smaller village of Mayobridge on the way.
At bottom of hill in Hilltown the main road sweeps left but you turn right onto B180 following signs for Bryansford. The B180 takes you almost to the Cottages some 7-mile from this point.
About one mile out of Hilltown just past a Country Pub and old style Petrol Station the road forks, take the left fork, which should be sign-posted for Bryansford and Newcastle and is
still the B180.
The road will be quite twisty and the mountains will be on your right hand side, about 5 mile from this fork the road will bend to the left and you will get a tremendous view
down the valley to the sea, (at night you will see a lighthouse rotating in the distance), and you will see forests coming into view on both sides of the road. The cottages are 600
yards or so from this point so slow down and look out for a sign on the right hand side indicating the location of the cottages up a little road on the left.
(There is a sign on the right for other cottages called Millar’s Close, 300 yards before you reach the Tory Bush sign)
This little road is just before the forest on the left of the main road, there is also a car park at the junction (for people to sit and look out over the mountains). This is quite a steep sharp turn up past the car park.
The cottages are 300 yards up this side road on the left hand side. Drive past the cottages and turn into driveway to take you back into the cottage complex.
Directions from Belfast
From Belfast follow signs for Newcastle, the road is the A24 all the way.
Directions from Newcastle
Follow the signs out of town for Tollymore Forest Park, (TFP), drive past the entrance to TFP up to a T-junction in Bryansford village, where you turn left and precede up through
the village passing a garage on the right and a shop/P.O. and Telephone box on the left.
About 100m past the shop is the exit gate of TFP, built like a Gothic Arch, continue on main road for 1 mile from this exit gate and as you drive the wall of the Forest Park will be on the
left, drive past the newly opened National Climbing Centre, the forest wall will end and you will see the mountains for the first time.
About 300 m past the end of the wall there is a road on the right hand side, at this turn (on the left grass verge) there is also a sign indicating that Tory Bush is 350 yards up this side road, (the Tullyree Road). There is also a small car park at this junction where people sit and look out over the mountains.
Drive up the side road about 350 yards and the cottages are the first buildings on the left-hand side, drive past the cottages about 50 ms and turn left to enter the cottage grounds
If still lost phone David Maginn on 028 437 24348 or mobile 07710615020
For Sat Nav the Postcode is BT34 5LD and for those with a map O.S. Grid ref is 318 324